President Stuart Rabinowitz announced today that Dr. Janet A. Lenaghan, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship and the Acting Dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, has been appointed dean of the Zarb School of Business, the first woman in the school’s fifty-year history. The selection was made following a national search with a committee made up of trustees, faculty and administrators.
“Dean Lenaghan is an exceptional scholar, an experienced administrator and a natural leader, with the tenacity and the dynamism to lead Zarb into a new era of excellence,” said President Rabinowitz. “She has the ability to lead faculty, connect alumni, forge new partnerships with businesses and relate to student needs. She possesses all of the traits and skills necessary to ensure the Zarb School of Business continues to thrive.”
She served as Vice Dean of the Zarb School since 2016 and was recently appointed Acting Dean. During that time, the school moved into a new 52,000 square foot building designed to enhance student learning through innovative hands-on facilities and dedicated student collaborative spaces. In addition to the new building, the school expanded its online offerings as well as enhanced the first-year student experience. Provost Berliner, who worked with her closely in the dean’s office, noted that as both a faculty member and administrator, she served with distinction.
“It’s been an honor to work with such talented and motivated faculty and students to grow and develop the outstanding programs at the Zarb School of Business,” Dr. Lenaghan said. “This is an exciting time for the Zarb School, and it’s a privilege to serve as dean as we work together to educate the next generation of business leaders.”
A two-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award in 2003 and 2016, Dr. Lenaghan has taught a variety courses in the undergraduate, graduate, online and executive programs. An alum of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra (MBA), she also earned a DPS from Pace University and a BBA from Adelphi University. An expert in the field of human resource management, Dr. Lenaghan regularly presents her research at academic conferences and is routinely quoted in media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. She currently serves on the board of Long Island Software and Technology Network. Dr. Lenaghan joined Hofstra University in 1989. She spent nearly a decade as the Director of Human Resources before joining the full-time faculty in 2000, earning tenure in 2007.
Dean Lenaghan will assume the role of dean of the Zarb School of Business immediately.